After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups
Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.
Pairing is finding fans at technology companies…
By Joseph Walker (Writer, Wall Street Journal)
Virginia Woolf argued that a woman writer needs a room of her own. In Silicon Valley, some companies are questioning whether software programmers even need their own cubicles.
Their method is “pair programming” — where two people share one desk and one computer.
Design Product Managers sit at the intersection between technical and business (engineers and marketers).
By Samihah Azim (Design Product Manager, BizeeBee)
This is a question I’m often asked. Sometimes we’re labeled as Product Designers, other times it’s Product Managers, and even other times we’re Product Managers of User Experience. But labels are just that – labels. To fully understand what a Design Product Manager is, I’m going to attempt to summarize below.
Traditionally, Product Managers have either come from engineering (technical PM’s), or they’re more business minded, typically hailing from Marketing (PM’s focused on growth). But what we’re seeing in Silicon Valley is this understanding that users
The 500 experience has definitely helped us grow in many unimaginable ways, more than I can list…
By Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
There are so many incubator/accelerator programs in Silicon Valley (e.g. AngelPad, 500 Startups, YC) and each has a different application process, providing different levels of investment in exchange for equity. However, they all share a common trait – they aim to open doors for you, help propel you to the next stage of your startup growth. What they don’t do is spoon-feeding. Hand holding not included.
PITCH NYC applicants – here’s your chance to access one of the Valley’s most prominent venture capitalists!
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The prize for Women 2.0 PITCH NYC Startup Competition got even better – today we are announcing one of the prizes for the winner of PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition: a meeting with the iconic Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Marc Andreessen co-created the influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, which sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also co-founded Loudcloud, sold to HP for $1.6 billion. He pioneered a software category used by more than a billion people and established multiple billion-dollar companies.
There are many analogies between Olympic events and being a startup CEO here in the valley.
By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)
Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching a bit of the Olympics. While I’m usually not one to watch much TV in the evening I’ve enjoyed a few hours of watching the games. My favorites are the gymnastics (both men and women) as well as anything else acrobatic – diving, jumping etc. My least favorite is swimming and beach volleyball.
Despite the heavy “schmaltz” factor, I also enjoy learning about the athletes, their personal stories and obstacles they’ve overcome. I’m sure these are popular because many of us can
I seek to widen the pool of female heroes in tech. They might not have a huge PR machine behind them, but these women have truly made their mark on the professional landscape in Silicon Valley.
By Marilyn Nagel (CEO, Watermark)
If you Google “women in tech,” it’s likely that the same 5-10 women will pop up in your search results. These hyper-visible women (Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Susan Wojcicki, to name a few) have become the poster girls of women leaders in Silicon Valley. They’re great at what they do, and they certainly act as role models for women interested in breaking into tech.
While creating a group of superstars serves its purpose, I fear that seeing the same faces repeatedly gives the impression that they’re the only women succeeding in Silicon Valley, when in reality, exceptional women leaders are
Get a mentor! Actually, get a couple. One who is light years ahead of you and one who is not quite as far along to help you take things one day at a time.
By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)
One day I hope to describe in greater detail my lessons from fundraising for PublikDemand. It has been an extraordinary experience.
In the meantime…
The big winner of last week’s Bubble Tank in Palo Alto was Melanie Perkins of Canva.
By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17) & Tina Hui (Co-Founder & CEO, The Leisurely)
What better way to embody Silicon Valley and startups than the investor startup pitch? Having been to dozens of pitch investor conferences, we organized Bubble Tank on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at The Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto – a hot spot where many Silicon Valley partnerships have been inked over the years. The special twist: the event was filmed with a possibility of inclusion in the upcoming Bravo TV Network show aptly titled “Silicon Valley”.
Bubble Tank included Women 2.0′s Sepideh Nasiri among the advisors judging the pitches. Many pitch finalists were women
Bubble Tank works with VCs and angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing.
By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17)
It’s a way to work with VCs and power angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing. My goal in this series is to be a listener and learner and give back to the larger Silicon Valley community by connecting startups with investors whom, together, can have a significant impact on the world.
I have some small investments made that I will see